The long wait is over. The New York Islanders will finally have their new arena once the lease expires in 2015. It was announced today the team owner Charles Wang has signed a 25-year lease with Barclays Center Owner Bruce Ratner that will kick into effect for the 2015-2016 season. (Photo Credit: stayclassynet/Flickr)
Per the Isles official press release:
NEW YORK ISLANDERS TO MOVE TO BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
First NHL Team to Play Home Games in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY (October 24, 2012) -- New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, and Onexim Sports and Entertainment announced today that the Islanders will move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 25-year agreement begins for the 2015-16 season.
That's right you read the title correctly, the anticipated move of the New York Islanders to the newly constructed Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY is expected to become official at a press conference later today.
More NHL games have been canceled through November 1st, just days after the owners submitted their latest proposal to the NHLPA that included a supposed 50-50 split in revenue sharing. The players came back with three proposals of their own, which according to reports were shot down within minutes.
Per TSN, Gary Bettman replied that "none of the three variations of player share that they [the NHLPA] gave us even began to approach (a) 50-50 (revenue split), either at all or for some long period of time. It's clear we're not speaking the same language."
The NHL submitted their latest proposal today to the NHLPA, promoting a 50/50 split between the owners and players in regards to hockey related revenue, which might become the major turning point in these negotiations. (Photo Credit: Lighthouse_li/Flickr)
To make the proposal even more intriguing, this year's season was still based on 82-games with the 2012-2013 season starting on November 2nd. Bettman's original request was for the player's percentage to be dropped from 57% to 47%. Splitting the revenue 50-50 did not seem to be in the cards for the Commissioner of the NHL. This dramatic turn of events has sparked a lot of interest in fans.
It was reported by TSN that Deadspin revealed that the league hired the research market firm, Luntz Global to conduct a focus group yesterday to find a better way to get the league's message across after examining the fans reaction to the lockout. Whether or not this had a major effect on today's news is uncertain, but it might have given the NHL that extra push that they needed to get a deal done.
And now, for the first time in months, there might be light at the end of the tunnel.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward and player representative Adam Hall has signed a lockout contract with Ravensburg in the German second division. (Photograph/Linda Hamilton)
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, Hall will make his debut on Friday versus Rosenheim. Hall spoke about his decision to play overseas:
Via the Tampa Tribune:
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity. It'll be great to play and keep that competitive edge. You have to do whatever you can, whether it's here in Tampa or guys going back home or finding other places to train or play. Guys just need to find the best places to train."
Recently the NHL canceled regular season games through Oct. 24th, thus pushing back the start date for many teams to the 2013 season. The Islanders have erased six games from their October schedule with the new opening game being set for Friday, October 26th against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo Credit: Robert Kowal/Flickr)
This would have been a marquee match-up ten years ago with every Islanders fan having this game circled on their calendars after a bloody, injury filled and violent playoff series with the Leafs in 2002. Those games were the start of the end for some players (Michael Peca) while the dawning of new beginnings for others (Trent Hunter). Steve Webb became a household name that still gets chanted at the Coliseum to this day, and no one will ever forget Eric Cairns' salute to the crowd after pummeling Shayne Corson at center Ice.
It's been difficult to find any glimmer of hope when it comes to hockey these days. The NHL recently stated that both the players union and the owners are "taking a step back from negotiations" after three straight days of talking. But all this means to the common hockey fan is one thing: more waiting. (Photo Credit: hockeymedia/Flickr)
Impatiently waiting to hear when the 2013 season will actually start (if it ever does) as the October 11th season opener for several teams inches closer to cancellation. The Islanders are still set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, October 12th before taking the ice for their home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers the following night, Saturday, October 13th. But let's face it. Those games aren't happening.
In fact, this is one blogger who will be shocked if any hockey fan gets to chant their usual "Hoctober" rally cry for the first puck drop of the year. (But hey, Gretzky thinks that there will be hockey by January! Woop-de-doo!)
But some news leaked today that could spark some interest for Islanders fans. It might not exactly be the glimmer of hope that everyone is waiting for, but it is definitely news worth looking at.